May 11, 2017

Trout, Trout, Trout! (A Fish Chant) by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Trip Park

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 1:03 am by suebe2

Trout, Trout, Trout! (A Fish Chant)
by April Pulley Sayre
illustrated by Trip Park

“Threespine Stickleback,
Freshwater Drum.
Lake Chub.
Creek Chub.
Chum.
Chum.
Chum.”

Page after page of this fishy chant are filled with the names of . . . can you guess it? . . . North American fish.

The chant itself is both rhythmic and rhyming and contains the names of a great many fish found throughout the United States and Canada. Most of the fish are native speicies.  A few were introduced, intentionally or otherwise, by man. Although the main text doesn’t give any additional information on the various fish, a bit on each fish listed can be found in the back matter.  Over forty fish are listed in the order in which they appear in the main text.

Trip Park’s digital illustrations are silly and fun but also give enough detail to tell one fish from another.  That said, these illustrations are far from scientific but definitely add to the fun with schooled fishing carrying backpacks, sunning fish in beach chairs and you definitely need to see how the Starhead Topminnow turn the tables on the Northern Pike.

This book would make a great addition to the classroom or home bookcase.  Read it as you discuss poetry and then challenge young readers to create their own chants using the names of family members, hobbies are favorite foods.  It would also make a top-notch Father’s Day or Mother’s Day gift for a parent or grandparent who enjoys fishing, especially if they share this hobby with a young reader.

The only things this book is lacking, in my own humble opinion, is a bit of information on writing a chant.  Still it is definitely a book that you should share with your poetry mad or fish crazy young reader.  Chum! Chum! Chum!

–SueBE

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